4/8/2002 6:00:00 PM City, charter schools work on compromise on artwork
Boxes of children's art meant for a display at Acker Memorial Park have been in limbo, while the various entities involved have tried to come up with a solution. Courier/File
And city officials now say it is possible that a concrete or block wall at the Acker Memorial Park on Virginia Street could serve as a permanent display spot for the art.
That is a switch from about a month ago, when the Prescott Parks, Recreation and Library Advisory Committee had vetoed the plan for display of the art on an "acknowledgement wall" at the park.
Maintaining that the artwork was not of the quality that warranted a permanent display, the city committee turned down the plans that the Friends of J.S. Acker volunteer group, local artist Juanita Hull-Carlson, and the two charter schools had come up with.
Since then, boxes of mortar pieces that bear the children's artistic images have been in limbo, as the various sides tried to come up with a solution. This past week's meeting included representatives from the city, the two schools involved – Mountain Oak Charter School and Skyview Charter School – and Royce Carlson, who was sitting in for his wife, Juanita Hull-Carlson, the local artist who coordinated the art-work.
City Manager Larry Asaro said the meeting generated options for display for the artwork – either on a separate block wall or on a retaining wall on a slope at the park. The schools now are considering the options, Asaro said. "We're just waiting to hear back from them," he said.
Parks and Recreation Director Jim McCasland said the meeting ended on a "positive note. I thought there were some good ideas."
Carlson agreed. "It sounds good to me," he said of the plan the city and the schools discussed. "It was a very productive meeting, and the city showed flexibility."
McCasland said the artwork project could be complete before the end of the school year.
According to Asaro, the Friends of J.S. Acker, the group that has been involved with the Acker Memorial Park for years, was not a part of this past week's meeting because "we knew where they stand. They want to have the artwork displayed."